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Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises

Jul. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period. The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years....

Former naval base employee sentenced to 70 months in prison

Jul. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former civilian employee at a Southern California naval base who took $1.2 million in kickbacks has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison. Fernando Barroso, who was a senior procurement official for Naval Base Ventura County, was sentenced Monday. He also was ordered to pay...

Wisconsin Democrats promote new redistricting plan

Jul. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday worked to generate momentum for a bill calling for civil servants to draw legislative district boundaries, insisting it's the right time to pass the measure after the U.S. Supreme Court killed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's Republican-drawn...

The Latest: GOP, commission seek fees in redistricting case

Jul. 16, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Democratic bill to revamp Wisconsin's legislative redistricting process (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Assembly Republicans and the state Elections Commission want Democratic voters to pay $64,351 in costs after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month negated the voters'...

Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...

State pension plan looks to lower expected rate of return

Jul. 16, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state and local governments may have to pay more each year to cover public employees' retirement costs. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state's pension plan for public employees is looking at lowering its expected rate of investment returns. The Virginia...

New Mexico court asked to review state anti-corruption law

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has been asked to review an anti-corruption law used to charge four public officials. Attorney General Hector Balderas has appealed or filed notice to appeal four cases involving wrongdoing by state and county officials in which district courts...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

UK ambassador to US quits after leaked cables enrage Trump

Jul. 10, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday after being branded a fool and made a diplomatic nobody by President Donald Trump following the leak of the envoy's unflattering opinions about the U.S. administration. Storm clouds gathered over the trans-Atlantic relationship as...

Trump will 'no longer deal' with UK envoy who panned him

Jul. 8, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Monday to cut off contact with Britain's ambassador to the United States after leaked diplomatic cables revealed the envoy called the Trump administration "dysfunctional" and "inept." The U.S. leader tweeted about Ambassador Kim Darroch a day after a British...